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Wind Cave National Park
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Beautiful opportunity to get out of the car!

Nice, easy hike with great views. Definitely recommend this hike! Watch for the prairie dog town... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2019
Dublin, Ohio
Nice Trail with Great Views

With the name Wind Cave National Park, many assume that the cave is the primary feature of the park... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2019
Avon, Ohio
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

Nice, easy hike with great views. Definitely recommend this hike! Watch for the prairie dog town as you drive near the trail head - fun and entertaining diversion!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed February 3, 2019

With the name Wind Cave National Park, many assume that the cave is the primary feature of the park but the rolling prairie full of wildlife is equally special and many people find this to be their favorite part of the park. Any visit to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

My family did the Natural Entrance Tour, but my favorite part about Wind Cave National Park was the drive to and the hike to Rankin Ridge (near the northernmost part of the park). The drive is really nice. You see lots of hills and praries...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

This is a short hike with great views with minimal effort. It is recommended to hike in a clockwise direction, as you are doing the rocky side on the uphill. The trail features some great stonework up towards the top. Once up top you can...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

We really enjoyed this trail and the drive to get to it. The scenery in the area is beautiful. The trail is only 1 mile long and not too strenuous. Somewhat of an incline going up, but great views along the way. The trail is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

If you are driving in from Custer State Park, you will get to this trailhead very quickly (the visitor center is actually at the other end of the scenic drive). So plan ahead as there are no restrooms at the trailhead or anyone to ask...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank NatParkHikerJess
Reviewed June 18, 2018

No signs or anything so plan ahead. Very windy roads. The hike itself is wonderful, however. Steep in the beginning but worth it to get to the top and see the beautiful landscape.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank theowens3
Reviewed June 6, 2018

We did this after our cave tour and a stop for a picnic lunch. It was my favorite part of the park, the view is amazing! Make sure you stop in the visitor's center and grab the guide 1st (it says they have them at...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank starfairy411
Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

The view from the top of the ridge is awesome. You can see the Badlands and beyond. Would be cool though if you could go up the fire tower.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank normb814
Reviewed September 25, 2017

So glad we climbed this trail after taking the cave tour. The ride from the visitor center is scenic with wildlife. The views along the trail of the surrounding hills and prairie are fabulous. At the top near the fire tower you get 360-degree views....More

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank seek-scenic
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